MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Wild look to extend winning streak
The Minnesota Wild are back in action tomorrow as they face the Stars in Dallas. The Wild have won five in-a-row following Monday's 3-2 victory over Calgary. They are now 34-21-and-7 on the season and sit in seventh place in the Western Conference with 75 points. The team practiced for the first time yesterday with new players Matt Moulson, Cody McCormick, and Ilya Bryzgalov. Tomorrow's game begins at 7:30 p.m.
The Minnesota Twins and St. Louis Cardinals spring tilt was canceled due to rain yesterday. The Cardinals made the two-hour bus ride across the state from Jupiter, but after a 40-minute rain delay, the game, which was expected to be a sellout, was called. The Twins face the Pirates tomorrow, as right-hander Vance Worley will get the start.
The 2014 Minnesota State Boys' High School Hockey Tournament continued yesterday with four quarterfinal games in Class 2-A. Lakeville North, Edina, Eagan, and Eden Prairie all advanced in games yesterday and last night. The semifinals in both Class 2-A and Class A are set for today in St. Paul. Edina is enjoying its 25th trip to the state tournament and is the Class 2-A defending title team. There will be a new title team in Class A as last year's champ St. Thomas Academy moved up to Class 2-A and did not make the state field. The state championship tilts are scheduled for Saturday.
Here are the results and schedule of opening round games at the 2014 Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul:
Class A Quarterfinal (Wednesday): Hermantown 6, Luverne 3 (final)
Class A Quarterfinal (Wednesday): New Prague 5, Chisago Lakes 2 (final)
Class A Quarterfinal (Wednesday): East Grand Forks 5, Orono 1 (final)
Class A Quarterfinal (Wednesday): St. Cloud Cathedral 4, Totino-Grace 3 (final-overtime)
Class A Semifinal (Friday): Hermantown vs. New Prague, 11am
Class A Semifinal (Friday): East Grand Forks vs. St. Cloud Cathedral, 1pm
Class A Championship (Saturday): Semifinal #1 winner vs. Semifinal #2 winner, noon
Class 2-A Quarterfinal (Thursday): Lakeville North 2, Roseau 1 (final-overtime)
Class 2-A Quarterfinal (Thursday): Eden Prairie 4, Centennial 3 (final)
Class 2-A Quarterfinal (Thursday): Edina 6, Stillwater Area 1 (final)
Class 2-A Quarterfinal (Thursday): Eagan 3, Duluth East 0 (final)
Class 2-A Semifinal (Friday): Lakeville North vs. Eden Prairie, 6pm
Class 2-A Semifinal (Friday): Edina vs. Eagan, 8pm
Class 2-A Championship (Saturday): Semifinal #1 winner vs. Semifinal #2 winner, 7pm
The top-ranked University of Minnesota women's hockey team loaded up on the WCHA postseason honors last night at the league's annual awards ceremony. Golden Gopher sophomore forward Hannah Brandt of Vadnais Heights is this year's WCHA women's hockey Player of the Year. Minnesota senior Rachel Ramsey of Chanhassen is the conference's Defensive Player of the Year. Gopher forward Dani Cameranesi of Plymouth is the WCHA Rookie of the Year. Senior forward Kelly Terry of Whitby, Ontario was named the league's Outstanding Student-Athlete Award. And, Minnesota coach Brad Frost won the WCHA Coach of the Year Award. In addition, Brandt has been named one of three finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Award, awarded annually to the top women's college hockey player in the nation. Clarkson's Jamie Lee Rattray and Cornell's Jillian Saulier are the other two finalists. The winner will be announced on March 22nd.
Here is the schedule of games for the upcoming 2014 WCHA Women's Hockey Tournament at the Sanford Center in Bemidji:
Semifinal #1 (Friday): No. 9 North Dakota vs. No. 2 Wisconsin, 4pm
Semifinal #2 (Friday): No. 1 Minnesota vs. Minnesota-Duluth, 7pm
Championship Game (Saturday): Semifinal #1 winner vs. Semifinal #2 winner, 7pm
The University of Minnesota women's basketball team overcame a 16-point second half deficit to beat Wisconsin 74-68 in overtime last night at the Big Ten women's basketball tournament in Indianapolis. Junior guard Rachel Banham scored 22 points in the win, including a key three-point basket late in regulation that tied the game. Minnesota never led in the game until the overtime session. Freshman center Amanda Zahui registered 12 points and 19 rebounds in the win. Minnesota trailed in the game 44-28 with 15:00 left in the game and outscored the Badgers 46-24 from that point forward. The Gophers play Nebraska in the quarterfinals tonight at 8 p.m.
Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament
(Indianapolis, IN) -- Here is the schedule of games for the upcoming 2014 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Field House in Indianapolis:
First Round (Thursday): Ohio State 86, Northwestern 77 (final)
First Round (Thursday): Iowa 81, Illinois 62 (final)
First Round (Thursday): Michigan 82, Indiana 57 (final)
First Round (Thursday): Minnesota 72, Wisconsin 68 (final-overtime)
Quarterfinal #1 (Friday): Penn State vs. Ohio State, 11am
Quarterfinal #2 (Friday): Purdue vs. Iowa, 1:30pm (approximate)
Quarterfinal #3 (Friday): Michigan State vs. Michigan, 5:30pm
Quarterfinal #4 (Friday): Nebraska vs. Minnesota, 8pm (approximate)
Semifinal #1 (Saturday): Quarterfinal #1 winner vs. Quarterfinal #2 winner, 2:30pm
Semifinal #2 (Saturday): Quarterfinal #3 winner vs. Quarterfinal #4 winner, 5pm (approximate)
Championship Game (Sunday): Semifinal #1 winner vs. Semifinal #2 winner, noon
The Minnesota Golden Gopher men's basketball team wraps up the regular season on Sunday against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Williams Arena. The Gophers have lost three-of-four following Saturday's setback at Michigan. Minnesota is 18-and-12 on the season and 7-and-10 in the Big Ten. Sunday's game tips off at 4:15 p.m.
The Minnesota Timberwolves resume their four-game homestand tonight against the Detroit Pistons at the Target Center. Minnesota opened the homestand with a 118-106 loss to the Knicks on Wednesday. The T'wolves are now 30-and-30 on the season. The Pistons come in at 24-and-37 on the year.
The Minnesota Vikings cut two players yesterday, including starting defensive tackle Letroy Guion. Guion made 31 career starts in his six-year NFL career with Minnesota. Childs was injured in his first training camp back in 2012 and never played in a game for the Vikes.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson believes quarterback Michael Vick would get Minnesota back to the postseason. Peterson tweeted that Vick "would (instantly) make the Vikings a playoff team." The 34-year-old Vick is set to hit free agency on Tuesday, and the Eagles have no plans to re-sign the quarterback.